Symbolism and Allegory . Layers of Meaning. What Symbols Stand For. A symbol is often an ordinary object, event, person, or animal to which we have attached extraordinary meaning and significance. Flags. We use a rectangle of dyed cloth to symbolize a country. Common Sights.
Layers of Meaning
People through out history have endowed ordinary objects with meanings far beyond their simple meaning,
Five linked rings symbolize the Olympics
A crown symbolizes royalty
An olive branch symbolizes peace
Peter Pan is a symbol for eternal childhood.
You may ask why writers don’t just come right out and say what they mean.
What do you think the marigolds stand for?
An allegory can be read on one level for its literal or straightforward meaning
Some of the most famous allegories feature characters and places whose names describe what they symbolize.
In an old English play called Everyman, the main character is named Everyman (he stands for exactly what his name indicates).
Here we have a picture of a serpent (snake) and an apple.
What are some things that come to mind when you see this image?
Often times, a serpent or snake is used to symbolize temptation or trouble. This allegory stems from its Biblical reference.
What does the apple stand for?
The Most Dangerous Game:
Zaroff: Allegory for ________________
Necklace: Symbol for ________________
What does the color red mean????